JANUARY, 12 2024
“In the review of ‘Killer Soup,’ the essence of black comedy, designed to elicit spontaneous laughter and unexpected amusement, falls disappointingly short. Throughout the viewing experience, the anticipation for both comedic moments and shocking twists remained unfulfilled, leaving a void in the expected humor and thrill.”
The anticipation surrounding the web series ‘Killer Soup,’ with its pitch-black comedy, star-studded cast featuring Manoj Bajpayee and Konkona Sensharma, and the direction of Abhishek Chaubey, left many eagerly awaiting a feast of humor and suspense. However, as the narrative unfolds over eight episodes, the promised flavor and freshness of the concoction only surface intermittently, leaving viewers yearning for the anticipated laughter and thrill.
Despite the letdown, the series does have its positive aspects. The picturesque setting in Mainjur, a small town near Madurai, provides an ideal backdrop for a tale woven with dubious characters and shadowy deeds. The central conflict between the husband-and-wife duo, Swathi (Konkona Sensharma) and Prabhu Shetty (Manoj Bajpayee), along with the street-smart Arvind Shetty (Saiyaji Shinde) and other intriguing characters, sets the stage for a potentially engaging narrative.
However, as the plot unfolds, the writing falls short, with convoluted and mostly flat storytelling that dissipates the potential impact of the intriguing plot points. The quirkiness, seemingly forced rather than intrinsic to the characters, raises questions about the creative direction. Despite occasional impactful detailing, such as the use of Tamil in dialogues and the portrayal of strong characters like Kirtima (Kani Kusruti), the series fails to ignite the expected chemistry between the talented leads, Manoj Bajpayee and Konkona Sensharma. Ultimately, the standout performance of Nasser, portraying an old-timey cop, becomes the saving grace in an otherwise bland broth, earning ‘Killer Soup’ a rating of 2 stars.